Serving as a member of the Cuyahoga Falls School Board merges two of my life’s passions: education and community service. I have lived my life committed to making a difference in the lives of others. I was privileged to enjoy a 35-year career in education. I served in a variety of capacities as a teacher and teacher leader, as well as a building and district level administrator. My experiences, and the multitude of leadership opportunities they provided, have afforded me not only an extensive background in the field of education but also the capacity to engage stakeholders to work collaboratively to achieve common goals. Some of these leadership experiences included strategic planning, negotiating teacher contracts, reviewing Board Policy, monitoring budget allocations and expenditures and organizing levy campaigns. My background has enabled me to be an experienced, qualified and well-informed member of the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education.
Coupled with my work experience is my dedication to community service. Strong communities depend upon involved citizenry. Much of that involvement is in the form of volunteer efforts. I actively volunteer in a variety of area organizations and, prior to being appointed to the Board of Education in June 2012, volunteered on a number of Cuyahoga Falls School committees. I also currently serve on the board of the Riverfront YMCA and the board of the Summit County Juvenile Court Guardians Ad Litem. I am fortunate that my volunteer work has allowed me to meet and interact with people from all walks of life. From work with armed service veterans building the Valor Home through Habitat for Humanity, social
service providers working with abused and neglected children, Kent State Alumni selecting student scholarship recipients, to animal rescue advocates at the Humane Society of Greater Akron, I have seen first-hand the impact of community service. These relationships have increased my capacity to find solutions to problems in the face of adversity, to understand different points of view, and to find common ground amidst diversity. I believe these experiences contribute to my effectiveness as a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education.
The connection between educational excellence and the health of our community is obvious: An investment in the education of our children is an investment in our entire community. I would be honored to continue to serve as a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education and respectfully ask for your vote in the November election.